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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,554 ratings  ·  1,306 reviews
Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?
An exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series.

Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so her
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
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Kaylee No. This book is apart of a series. The second book is called Charmed and the third book is going to coming out on February 2017.
Ana Wow I never noticed that...

Maybe she's half and half.... I don't have easy access to these books so reading them is a treat :)

But even so, a lot of au…more
Wow I never noticed that...

Maybe she's half and half.... I don't have easy access to these books so reading them is a treat :)

But even so, a lot of authors make mistakes when writing books. It's difficult to remember every detail when you're writing a series(and I speak from personal experience with writing.)

It's annoying, really, but it's something you can probably get over after a while, don't you think?


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Irena BookDustMagic
You know what? I'm gonna say this once, and then, I'm gonna repeat it dozen times: This was the best fairytale retelling I have ever read. EVER!! Although, it is more of a continuation to well-known fairytales then an actuall retelling, but still..


The story follows a 12 years old Gilly who is a thief. Stealling from rich royalty is just what she does in order to bring food to her family's table (Robin Hood complex, can you tell?).

One day, after she gets cought for the third time (I just have to
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As you can read from the book description, Gilly is a thief, but she only does this to help her family get money to eat. She has five brothers and sisters and they live with their parents in a boot. Their father makes shoes but he's not getting much work right now. There is a reason but you have to read the book to find out why! :)

But...this time Gilly gets caught and this is her third offense!





All of the teachers, etc i
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, arc
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book. It was an interesting idea, and it seemed cute to begin with. The execution left a lot to be desired. The characters felt more than a bit uneven to me. They weren't all that well developed, so their actions felt inconsistent, or contrary to what I knew about them. The balance between the darker aspects of the story, and the cuter ones felt off as well. It was almost like the author wasn't s
Fafa's Book Corner
Nov 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!


This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Irena! I was really looking forward to reading this book! I loved how the synopsis sounded and I am always on the hunt for a good fairytale retelling. Unfortunately I really did not like this book.

The book begins with an announcement about how Cinderella's stepmother founded the school and it's high success rates. You are then taken to Gilly who is going to rob some blonde girls hair p
MissBecka Gee
Meh. This was just okay.
Not as good as the synopsis hinted it would be.
I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the series.
 Danielle The Book Huntress
This was a cute book, but a bit on the light-weight side. I read a fair amount of middle grade/juvenile fiction, so I am not disparaging all books for this age range. I feel this one lacked substance compared to others I've read. I did so much like the heroine's journey for Gilly. She had taken up stealing to help provide for her younger siblings since there wasn't enough food for them in the wake of her cobbler father's glass slipper invention being co-opted by fairy godmothers casting spells a ...more
3.5 Stars

Arc provided by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky through Netgalley

Release Date: March 3rd

If you're looking for a cute and funny middle grade book, look no further: Author Jen Calonita's story is bound to be a winner amongst its readers, whether they're younger or older.
The only necessary requisite?
One must have a sense of humour:

"(..)a room with a sign that says: Archery—Don’t lose an eye!
Announce yourself before entering."

With a feisty heroine, an interesting and fast paced plot, and
Lily - Books by Starlight
Fun story, but the plot and scenes weren't always logical and this was a little too much like Harry Potter. Would be exciting for younger readers, though! ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*NOTE: This a review of the entire series.*

Even though I'm 27, every now and then I like to read a middle-grade novel. There's something magical about a good middle-grade book. I love getting swept up in a story of good versus evil, where the good guy always wins in the end. It just leaves you with a warm and cozy feeling. I was looking through the books on my Kindle and saw that I owned all of the Fairy Tale Reform School series, and decided to binge read it. I loved it. I flew through the enti
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Can't say whether it was good or bad because it just didn't hold my interest enough to keep going. ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Flunked takes us on a not so typical fairy tale adventure.

Gillian is one of the children that live in the shoe. The fairy princesses in charge have enacted a magical shoe production, a production that has devastated Gillian's family financially. To make ends meet, Gilly has taken to a not so legal means to earning money…she is stealing. Because of her indiscretions she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School.

Fairy Tale reform school is filled with the misfits, the students, and “reformed” villains,
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I would give this book a 3.5 and I'm sure most younger kids would adore this one. It's really cute and moves fast. Great characters and I loved the involvement of all the fairytale characters. I will most certainly check out the second book in this series. ...more
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
If you want to know about the aftermath of all those fairytales, this would be a great follow up book where you can see what happened to the villains from Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping beauty. How the reigns of the princesses turn out and the class discrimination that still persists. A fun adventurous magical read that will keep you wanting more of the story!
Lovely Day
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

I quite enjoyed this story.

In this world, Cinderella’s evil step mother has turned over a new leaf and wants to be good, so she heads up the Fairy Tale Reform School (FTRS) to rehabilitate young people who are on the path to villainy.

Gilly is a young girl with many brothers and sisters, and whose father’s cobbler shop is going under due to Cinderella banning the further production of glass slippers (which was his best selling item). To help her family put food on the table, Gilly resorts to t
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I know this was written for a younger audience and I tried to keep that in mind while reading it. It is a great idea for a story. However, with content like 'I planted my feet on the oriental rug beneath my feet' it was a tuff go. It also seemed a little choppy. ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t wait to read this whole series omg
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** My Thoughts Flunked-Sugar&Spice

Flunked is the first book in an adorable middle grade series called Fairy Tale Reform School. I really liked this book. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. Yes, it was a younger read than I was used to, but it was perfectly suited for it's middle grade audience. The heroine is Gilly and is around 12 or 13. She is caught stealing a hair clip and is shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amusing, witty and full of magic - FLUNKED has a wonderful assortment of fairytales and their characters, most notably, their villains. A wonderful book that will make you think about what defines the good from the bad, giving second chances and who your true friends are.

Gilly is a 12 year old who has developed a Robin Hood complex due to her father's dying shoemaking business. She steals from the nobles in order to help put food in her siblings bellies and smiles on their faces. One of six sibl
I almost always enjoy the magic school trope, and this was a cute story. It made me want to ride a Pegasus! 3.5 stars
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it

Flunked was and easy read for all ages. I enjoyed it a lot and the reader was great.
Gilly 2
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a review of the series.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (because this book needed more stars than just five for an honest review from me) Fairy Tale Reform School is an inspiring and creative series that answers a question all us fairy tale lovers have asked at some point: What happens to the villains after the Happily Ever After?

Reasons to read Fairy Tale Reform School:
- If you are into fairy tales and magical adventures full of daring adventures, wicked curses, pirate sword fights, giants, mermaids, fairie
I don't usually listen to books geared for middle school kids, but I'm so glad I took a chance on this one. It was just what I needed after finishing a dark YA novel. It's cleaver, funny, light, cute and charming. There were a few lessons learned and even a few twists too. The only problem I had was that the ending was really rushed and a little more character development would have been nice.

It is not a fairy tale retelling, but it is a story with familiar characters. All the evil, and now gui
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it

I got bamboozled by a glitzy cover and a description that sounds right up my ally. It happens. In a lot of ways I got what I expected: fairy tale land, criminal in a reform school, shades of Harry Potter. What I did not expect (whether rightly or wrongly) was how strong the Harry Potter vibes would be in terms of scenes, settings, descriptions, but without any attempt to bring them to life.

What I found myself thinking, was: This could be an outline.

Flunked feels like an expanded outline whe
kennedy [mackenzie]
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this series last year, and the final book has come out! So, I'm rereading all the books! I forgot how good this series was! ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting story.
Although I'm not particularly attached to it yet, I look forward to continuing with the series.
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: requested, ebook
I was first drawn into the cover for Flunked. I mean, look at how pretty it is! Plus, it's no secret that I have a deep-seeded love for all things fairy tale and fantasy. I knew I had to read this one, and I'm so glad I did.

Prepare to get swept into the land of storybook legends, where gnomes and fairies and humans live together in (general) harmony. The princesses that we all know and love rule over the kingdom, the commoners live in anything from cottages to giant boots (Just ask Gilly!), and
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can read the original review on my blog.

How is it that fairy tale retellings can still be popping up all over the place? Haven't we had enough of those already? The answer is no, because authors like Jen Calonita keep finding ways to make the classics fresh again. Until they can't do that anymore, retellings are here to stay. (And I love it!)

The little twist that makes Flunked so much fun is The Fairy Tale Reform School. Known throughout Enchantasia as the place where all bad kids go, it's r
Gilly comes from a poor family of shoe makers, they struggle just to have enough to even eat. With her sister’s upcoming birthday Gilly steals a comb for her thinking she made it home undetected. Looks like Gilly’s luck has run out she’s been caught for the third time. She’s forced to attend the Fairy Tale Reform school run by Flora the wicked step mother of Cinderella. For three months Gilly will spend her time at the school transforming from villain into a hero’s. The school is unlike anything ...more
Jody McGrath
More of a 3 and a 1/2 stars

Gilly Cobbler is a small time pick pocket, trying to help feed her family. Her father is a cobbler and they are the family that lives in the shoe and has so many kids they don't know what to do. Without her thievery, the family would starve. Unfortunately, Gilly gets caught 1 to many times and gets sent to Fairy Tale Reform School. While there, she catches on to a plot that could not only damage the hierarchy of the kingdom, but everyone in the kingdom too. How is a sm
Helen (pagesandpeaches)
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this in 1 hour and 40 minutes. In one sitting! I really love the concept and characters in this story. It was just as good as Jen Calonita's other works and I definitely will continue with this series. ...more
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Hi Goodreads!
I'm Jen Calonita, a MG and YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that wa

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  • Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #2)
  • Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #3)
  • Switched (Fairy Tale Reform School, #4)
  • Wished (Fairy Tale Reform School, #5)
  • Cursed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #6)

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